Re: Kunisada help

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Posted by Paul Griffith ( on May 16, 2014 at 12:59:58:

In Reply to: Re: Kunisada help posted by Horst Graebner on May 16, 2014 at 10:05:46:

An interesting proposition, but depictions of Tamasaburo II are very rare because, despite being the adopted son of Shuka I, he remained a fairly minor actor. As you say, he is included in the 'Imayo Oshi-e Kagami' series as Omiya, but this series is more of a compendium of current actors. I wonder if Tamasaburo would merit such an impressive half-length portrait in a separate diptych or triptych. Also, this portrait does not relate to any actual performance. (Tamasaburo was appearing at the Morita-za in the 3rd month of 1859 when the print was published, but not in that role.) Finally, I'm afraid I don't agree that the faces look alike. Tamasaburo's face is narrower, and the eyes are quite different. However, we cannot know until we can see the date seal.

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